Cabinets are the base for kitchen storage solutions. They come in many different styles, are constructed out of different materials and can be put together in any combination. When choosing kitchen cabinets, there is so much underneath the surface that needs to be considered.
Materials and Style
The box or core is usually constructed from MDF, particle or plywood which reduces cost and weight. You are even able to get a box made out of a combination of recycled and new material which could reduce your environmental footprint. The frame that is visible when the cabinet door is open is either constructed from a solid or veneered piece of wood that would match the front face of the cabinet door. The actual door would also be either a solid or veneered piece of wood. Choosing a veneered product over a solid piece will reduce cost but it also means that you may not be able to sand if you would like to re-stain at a later date.
The cabinet doors can be made from a huge variety of materials. From any species of wood like cherry, walnut or tiger wood to a wrapped metallic vinyl. Glass and stainless steel are also an interesting option which can be used as a feature piece. These options can also be made to suit any style.
Traditional homes typically use a warm deep stained wood or light painted finish with very intricate details, raised panels and crown moulding. Whereas a contemporary home would be better complimented by a flat, sleek and basic cabinet package. You may be more concerned about how the cabinet looks that you may look past the actual function. You will need to determine if the cabinet will perform up to your standards.
When choosing your storage solutions you need to ask yourself a couple questions. Do you find yourself looking through every drawer for a particular utensil? Is the space sufficient? Do you get frustrated having to dig through the cabinet to find the pan on the bottom? The great thing about todays storage solutions is that there is something to fix all of these complaints. There are gadgets, hardware and special drawers to maximize space and efficiency to make your life more convenient.
Pull out drawers allow you to pull the entire cabinet out so that you can easily see what's at the back. No more kneeling and reaching for the last can of tomato soup. For example: The picture below is great for those pesky plastic containers. A large space below for the bulk and two shelves that separate the lids.
Pull out shelves can be used to separate the pots from the lids. Which will reduce the strain on your back as you will no longer be crouching, shifting and pulling out every pot in your possession.
Wasted space from deep corner cabinets can also be utlilized by these neat pull-out not so lazy Susan's
Knobs and Pulls
The hardware is the finishing touch. The icing on the cake. It is used to compliment the style and character of your kitchen but be careful when selection knobs as they can change the entire style of the room.
There are many different materials, shapes and sizes available from glass, ceramic to wrought iron and stainless steel. There are long straight stainless steel bars best suited for a contemporary cabinet or ceramic white knobs meant for a country cottage. There may even be the case of omitting knobs all together if a pull is constructed into the design of the cabinet.
As long as you know the style you are trying to achieve, you shouldn't have any trouble choosing knobs. If you are torn between a couple options the best thing to do is try them out. Sometimes the way that it feels in your hand will determine whether you like it or not.
Now that you know a little bit more about the materials used, construction, style and storage solutions you can begin your search. Just as always, when ever proceeding with a large kitchen renovation I highly recommend that you consult the help of a kitchen specialist. There are so many details, that need to be considered that you don't want to forget something.
Word of the Day: MDF
Medium density fiberboard is an engineered wood product formed by breaking down hard or softwood into wood fibers and combining it with a resin.